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Big tussle for Manning Cup semi-final spots

Published:Thursday | October 8, 2015 | 10:00 AMLivingston Scott
Vauxhall High School’s Sherwin Rowe (left) and teammate Emilio Rosseau (second right) challenge for the ball with Norman Manley High’s captain, Shaquille Lewis, during their Manning Cup encounter at Vauxhall High on Tuesday. The home team won 3-0.

Three more groups could have their first set of qualifiers for the second round of the FLOW/ISSA Manning Cup when games are contested in zones B, C and F this afternoon.

The biggest fight for places to the next round is in Zone F, where Vauxhall, Excelsior and Jonathan Grant high schools are jostling for the top two spots.

In Zone F games, Vauxhall take on Jonathan Grant at Vauxhall, Excelsior play Spanish Town High at Spanish Town Prison Oval and Norman Manley High entertain Ascot High at Maxfield Park playing field.

In Zone B, Hydel High face Haile Selassie High at Duhaney Park, Dunoon play Cumberland at Rockfort playing field and Greater Portmore tackle Papine High at Ferdie Neita Park in Zone B.

While in Zone C, leaders St George's College will not play until the following day, meaning Innswood, who face pointless Kingston Technical, have a great opportunity to overtake Denham Town High and join the front-runners at the top on 19 points. In the other Zone C game, Eltham face Ardenne in a game of only academic interest.

Vauxhall High lead Group F with 19 points, four more than Excelsior High and Jonathan Grant, and a win for Keon Broderick's team against one of their main challengers would cement their second-round berth.

Vauxhall High have two games remaining, while Jonathan Grant and Excelsior High have three to play, which means a draw or loss for Vauxhall would keep the door open for the chasers.

In Zone B, Hydel (19) hold a six-point lead and could seal a second-round spot with at least a point against Haile Selassie. If the latter fail to take full points, Hydel High will be assured of at least a place in the next round.

Papine will start favourites against Greater Portmore in the group's other game, but they need a win to stay in touch, as after today's games, they only have one match to play, while Haile Selassie and Hydel have two games each.

After dropping valuable points to Ardenne High this week, Innswood High could put themselves back in pole position with a win over Kingston Technical.

The Spanish Town-based school trail St George's (19) by three points and Denham Town (16) on goal difference. However, Denham Town play St George's tomorrow, so this will be a chance for Innswood High to improve their chances of getting into the next round, although they have a game in hand.

Jamaica College and Calabar from Zone A, Kingston College from Zone G and Charlie Smith from Zone D have already booked their places in the next round.

Yesterday's result

Charlie Smith 2 Holy Trinity 2

Today's Games

Zone B

Hydel vs Haile Selassie

Dunoon vs Cumberland

Greater Portmore vs Papine

Zone C

Eltham vs Ardenne

Innswood vs KTHS

Zone F

Spanish Town vs Excelsior

Jonathan Grant vs Vauxhall

Norman Manley vs Ascot

Home teams named first. All games start at 3:30 p.m.